Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Volume 26, Number 4 December 2007

Editorial: Farewell and Thank You (2-3) [ PDF]
John Webb

Enterprise Digital Asset Management System Pilot: Lessons Learned (4-16) [ PDF]
Yong-Mi Kim, Judy Ahronheim, Kara Suzuka, Louis E. King, Dan Bruel, Ron Miller, and Lyn Johnson

Enterprise digital asset management (DAM) systems are beginning to be explored in higher education, but little information about their implementation issues is available. This article describes the University of Michigan’s investigation of managing and retrieving rich media assets in an enterprise DAM system. It includes the background of the pilot project and descriptions of its infrastructure and metadata schema. Two case studies are summarized—one in healthcare education, and one in teacher education and research. Experiences with five significant issues are summarized: privacy, intellectual ownership, digital rights management, uncataloged materials backlog, and user interface and integration with other systems.

Participatory Networks: The Library As Conversation (17-33) [ PDF]
R. David Lankes, Joanne Silverstein, and Scott Nicholson

The goal of the technology brief is to familiarize library decision-makers with the opportunities and challenges of participatory networks. In order to accomplish this goal the brief is divided into four sections (excluding an overview and a detailed statement of goal):
  • a conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating participatory networks;
  • a discussion of key concepts and technologies in participatory networks drawn primarily from Web 2.0 and Library 2.0;
  • a merging of the conceptual framework with the technological discussion to present a roadmap for library systems development; and
  • a set of recommendations to foster greater discussion and action on the topic of participatory networksand, more broadly, participatory librarianship.
This summary will highlight the discussions in each of these four topics. For consistency, the section numbers and titles from the full brief are used.

Public Libraries, Values, Trust, and E-Government (34-43) [ PDF]
Paul T. Jaeger and Keneth R. Fleischman

As public libraries are becoming e-government access points relied on by both patrons and government agencies, it is important for libraries to consider the implications of these roles. While providing e-government access serves to reinforce the tremendously important role of public libraries in the United States social infrastructure, it also creates new demands on libraries and opens up significant new opportunities. Drawing upon several different strands of research, this paper examines the nexus of public libraries, values, trust, and e-government, focusing on the ways in which the values of librarianship and the trust that communities place in their public libraries reinforce the role of public libraries in the provision of e-government. The unique values embraced by public libraries have not only shaped the missions of libraries, they have influenced popular opinion surrounding public libraries and fostered the confidence that communities place in them as a source of trusted information and assistance in finding information. As public libraries have embraced the provision of Internet access, these values and trust have become intertwined with their new social role as a public access point for e-government both in normal information activities and in the most extreme circumstances. This paper explores the intersections of these issues and the relation of the vital e-government role of public libraries to library funding, public policy, library and information science education, and research initiatives.


Afghanistan Digital Library Initiative: Revitalizing an Integrated Library System (44-46) [ PDF]
Yan Han and Atifa Rawan

This paper describes an Afghanistan digital library initiative of building an integrated library system (ILS) for Afghanistan universities and colleges based on open-source software. As one of the goals of the Afghan eQuality Digital Libraries Alliance, the authors applied systems analysis approach, evaluated different open-source ILSs, and customized the selected software to accommodate users’ needs. Improvements include Arabic and Persian language support, user interface changes, call number label printing, and ISBN-13 support. To our knowledge, this ILS is the first at a large academic library running on open-source software.

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